Pita Pal Foods Listeria Recall: Recall of Hummus products due to Listeria Concerns
Pita Pal Foods announced on July 15th that they would be voluntarily recalling certain hummus products due to a concern over Listeria monocytogenes which were identified at the manufacturing facility during an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The recall is on more than 80 hummus products made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019. The possibly affected brands include Bucee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter and Schnucks.
The affected products were distributed nationwide and to the United Arab Emirates. No illnesses have been connected to this recall, but according to the FDA the company is issuing the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The disease affects primarily persons of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, persons without these risk factors can also rarely be affected.
A person with listeriosis may experience symptoms such as:
- Muscle aches.
In cases in which the infection spreads to the nervous system the affected person could also experience any of the following symptoms:
- Stiff neck.
- Confusion or changes in alertness.
- Loss of balance.
A national Listeria Lawyer noted most (over 95%) victims who get Listeria will develop gastroenteritis and will recover without seeking medical attention, or if they seek medical attention, will not be tested or provide a stool sample which often misses Listeria in standard stool cultures. Victims who have symptoms such as fever or stiff neck may consult a physician, and there are options in cases of suspected Listeriosis for a blood or spinal fluid test.
The FDA advises consumers who have been who have purchased any of the hummus products in their recall announcement, a full list of their affected products is available on the FDA’s website, to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them in a safe manner. Consumers who believe they are experiencing symptoms of listeriosis should contact a medical health provider a soon as possible.